Baptist Health & Murray State University is the only CRNA school in Kentucky.
Dr. Darlena Jones, DNP, APRN, CRNA
BH/ Murray State Program of Anesthesia Director
84 credit hours
November 1st. Applications submitted after the appropriate date will be considered on a space-available basis.
Cost of CRNA School at Baptist Health & Murray State University
Please note that tuition is calculated at the current 2020-2021 rate. Tuition at most schools increases slightly each academic year. Over the duration of the program, expect to pay a tuition that is slightly higher than what is shown here.
Regular Tuition: $58,800
*Total expenses: $11,250
In State Grand total: $70,050
Web Tuition Total: $45,696
*Total expenses: $11,250
Web Tuition Grand Total: $56,946
The following counties will receive the Kentucky Instate rate: Tennessee: Henry, Obion, Stewart, and Weakley Counties
Number of Applicants
CRNA Program Summary
Are you concerned that Baptist Health & Murray State University Nurse Anesthesia Program won’t give you the specific experiences or training you need to be a successful CRNA? Learn what standards CRNA Programs must meet in order to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia (COA).
This CRNA program (as well as all others that are accredited by the COA) prepares you to take the CCNA certification exam at the conclusion of the program, allowing you to become a CRNA.
The program is dedicated to graduating nurse anesthetists of the highest professional competence residing in a rural area who are committed to returning to rural areas to practice.
During the first 4 semesters, you’ll be completing the bulk of your core classes as well as your nursing anesthesia specialization courses.
For the remaining 3 semesters, you’ll be finishing up your specialization classes while focusing the majority of your time on your clinical experience.
CRNA Program Requirements – all must be completed by the application deadline
Bachelors of Science in Nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school.
License to practice as a registered nurse, plus you will also have to have a license for any state you intend on completing clinical hours.
A minimum of two years of RN experience in an acute critical care setting within the past 5 years.
They do not accept ER experience as critical care.
Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
GRE – no longer required
Test Of English as a Foreign Language score 550; pass oral proficiency exam administered by the Department of Nursing, if applicable.
- CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
- CCRN or NIC (not required but will give you extra points so it is HIGHLY recommended)
CRNA Educational Requirements
- Chemistry prerequisite: organic, inorganic or biochemistry course
CRNA School Performance
CRNA School Rankings – Schools by Rank
Ranked #1 for the 2015 graduating class.
*Please note: Read about how CRNA rankings are created.*
Accredited CRNA Programs are reviewed regularly.
Baptist Health & Murray State University’s Nurse Anesthetist Program was last reviewed 10/2011. It was given 10 years accreditation and will be reviewed again 10/2021. This shows that the program is very stable.
Pass Rate for CRNA Boards at Baptist Health & Murray State University
- First-time test takers (2019): 94%; (2020) 73%
- National average (2019): 84.8%; (2020): 85.2%
16% (Class of 2020)
CRNA Employment Rate of program graduates
100% (Class of 2020)
An average nurse anesthetist salary in Kentucky
Kentucky CRNA salaries are below the national average with an annual mean wage of $163,700.
An average annual nurse anesthetist salary in the US is $189,190 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 study)
Frequently Asked Questions
How many hours should I expect to be engaged in the program each week? No more than 65 hours a week.
Can I work as an RN while I’m in the program?
They do not forbid students from working, but the program is very rigorous andated if it interferes with didactic or clinical performance.
What are the primary clinical sites?
Baptist Health, Madisonville, KY and St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead, KY serve as primary clinical sites.
Salaries pulled from Bureau of Labor Statistics
*This page was updated May 13th, 2021.*
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